As the Minnesota Legislature builds Minnesota’s state budget for the next two years, the Minnesota Council on Disability will create an overview of certain omnibus bills and how the proposals will affect Minnesotans with disabilities.
What’s an Omnibus bill?
Roughly translated, the Latin word “omnibus” means “for all, for everybody.” Learn everything you need to know about omnibus bills and why they are so popular at the Minnesota Legislature.
House Jobs Omnibus Bill
The House Jobs Omnibus bill is officially known as the Omnibus jobs and economic development, energy and climate, and telecommunications policy and finance bill.
Policy Focus: Jobs and Economic Development Finance Division
Bill Number: HF 2208
Authors: Representatives Mahoney (Chief author); Noor; Stephenson; Wagenius; Long
Brief Description: This omnibus bill makes policy changes and fiscal appropriations for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 for Jobs Appropriations, Family and Medical Benefits, Economic Development, Wage Theft, Labor and Industry, Commerce, Unemployment, Energy, and Broadband.
What We Like
- The Commissioner of Employment and Economic Development must create a plan to address barriers to employment for people with mental illness.
- Multiple grants to provide job skills training to individuals with disabilities to enter competitive employment.
- Increased funding for Vocational Rehabilitation services.
- Funding increase for the Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing.
- Inclusion of MCD-led policy priority to modify building code language regarding the accessibility of public buildings to provide clarity in language.
- Funding the development of border-to-border broadband in Minnesota.
Minnesotans are encouraged to contact their legislators and share their concerns on policy decisions and how it impacts their lives. Find your legislator and contact them.
The Minnesota Council on Disability exists to serve people with disabilities in Minnesota through development of effective policy, training, technical resources and collaborations with public and private stakeholders. Any policy inquires can be directed to Public Policy Director Kody Olson at email@example.com.